adjective, shoal·i·er, shoal·i·est.

full of shoals or shallows.

Nearby words

  1. sho,
  2. shoa,
  3. shoad,
  4. shoah,
  5. shoal,
  6. shoat,
  7. shochet,
  8. shock,
  9. shock absorber,
  10. shock front

Origin of shoaly

First recorded in 1605–15; shoal1 + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shoaly

  • By feeding upon these for several days it had quite glutted itself, having made for itself a channel in the shoaly water.

  • They swung round a point and threaded the channel that led among the shoaly waters of Musky Bay.

    The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code|John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
  • Wind, rain, roily, shoaly seas breaking clear over the ship across decks drove Cook out from land to deeper water.

  • An inlet or shoaly arm of the sea into which a river or rivers empty, and subject to tidal influence.

    The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth